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Hubs sprint to Doub title

December 28, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

Hubs sprint to Doub title



WILLIAMSPORT - In the long run, the North Hagerstown boys basketball team is better in the short run and Brunswick is better in the long run.

In the short run, the Hubs' sprint was better than the Railroaders' endurance.

No. 8 North broke out to a 10-1 lead in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the game and managed to hold on while Brunswick put on a kick down the stretch Wednesday for a 79-67 victory in the championship game of the 20th Annual Richard E. Doub Classic.

The Hubs (7-1) kept Brunswick at arm's length for 30 minutes until the Railroaders closed to within 10 with two minutes to play.

"We got off to a good start again. We got out of the gate quickly," North coach Tim McNamee said. "We had a couple of our starters get in foul trouble and we got a big lift from the bench, but you can only get away with (our finish) only so many times."

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North jetted to a 17-9 lead after the first quarter but lost shooting guard Scott Rice with three quick fouls. Point guard Mike Rogers quickly joined Rice on the bench with his third foul just two minutes into the second quarter.

The Hubs weren't fluid, but they were able to scratch to a 35-22 halftime lead behind 12 of Evan Medley's game-high 24 points. North was beating Brunswick (3-4) inside for easy shots and rebounds.

"To be honest, (North) played well in the first half and we watched them play well in the first half," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said. "We played with more fire in the second half, but we have to play as well as we can play the whole time against North."

North padded the lead to start the second half with eight straight points by Nate Naylor for a 45-27 lead. The Hubs pushed it out to a 56-36 lead with 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter before the Railroaders got serious.

Brunswick pressure knocked the Hubs off stride and allowed the Railroaders to start the long climb back, but North hit four foul shots to break the rally.

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"In the end, we tried to get the ball to Medley inside because we liked that matchup," McNamee said. "It's hard for a team to play well for the entire 32 minutes. We played well early but not at the end. You have to give Brunswick credit because they played hard and didn't quit."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the consolation game, Phil Krug scored 20 points as Atholton held on for a 59-55 win over Williamsport despite not scoring a basket in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats limited Atholton to 10 foul shots in the final quarter in an effort to come back from a 10-point deficit. Alonzo Weeks led Williamsport with 13 points.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> All-Tournament team: Atholton-Krug, Brunswick-Wallick, North Hagerstown-Green, Naylor, Medley.

Championship Game

North 79, Brunswick 67

BRUNSWICK (67)

Sklencar 5, Lastner 2, Smith 3, Brown 5, Foreman 15, Morrison 2, Goode 10, Wallick 16, Shafer 9. Totals 24 16-22 67.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (79)

Hess 2, Rice 4, Rogers 7, Naylor 14, Carey 8, Medley 24, Green 14, Watters 6. Totals 31 15-25 79.

Brunswick9131728-67

North 19182123-79

Three-point baskets - Brunswick 3 (Foreman 2, Sklencar), North Hagerstown 2 (Rogers, Medley). Technical Fouls - North bench, Sklencar. Fouled out - Brown, Rogers, Rice.

Consolation Game

Atholton 59, Williamsport 55

ATHOLTON (59)

Collins 2, Britt 14, Smith 6, Krug 20, Merson 3, Hollander 7, Donahue 6, Douglas 1. Totals 18 20-28 59.

WILLIAMSPORT (55)

Jordan 4, Giles 4, An. Weeks 8, Foley 3, Brown 2, McAllister 5, Al. Weeks 13, Basore 4. Totals 23 9-17 55.

Atholton22131410-59

Williamsport12111616-55

Three-point baskets - Atholton 3 (Krug 2, Britt).

All-Tournament team

Krug, Atholton; Wallack, Brunswick; Green, North Hagerstown; Naylor, North Hagerstown; Medley, North Hagerstown.

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